Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins LL.B (Hons) Solicitor.

Not all deaths are reported to the coroner, in most cases, a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death so that it can be registered by the registrar. 

When is a coroner involved?

A death should be reported to the coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the death: 

  • Occurred as a result of poisoning, the use of a controlled drug, medicinal product, or toxic chemical; 
  • Occurred as a result of trauma, violence or physical injury, whether inflicted intentionally or otherwise;
  • Is related to any treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature;
  • Occurred as a result of self-harm, (including a failure by the deceased person to preserve their own life) whether intentional or otherwise;
  • Occurred as a result of injury or disease received during, or attributable to, the course of the deceased person’s work;
  • Occurred as a result of a notifiable accident, poisoning, or disease;
  • Occurred as a result of neglect or failure of care by another person;
  • Was otherwise unnatural.

The coroner should also be informed where:

  • The death occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention – of whatever cause;
  • No attending practitioner attended the deceased at any time in the 14 days prior to death or no attending practitioner is available within a reasonable period to prepare an MCCD; 
  • The identity of the deceased is unknown;
  • The cause of death is unknown.

When a death has been reported to the coroner the registrar must wait for the coroner to finish his enquiries before the death can be registered. These enquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the coroner’s office before any funeral arrangements are made. 

What does the coroner do?

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a post mortem, an inquest will be held. If the examination shows death to have been a natural one, there may be no need for an inquest and the coroner will send a form to the registrar of deaths so that the death can be registered by the relatives and a certificate of burial issued by the registrar.

Inquests

An inquest is held to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death 

When a conclusion is reached, the coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death.

An inquest does not determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.

Forthcoming inquests

Click on a date to see inquests taking place that day:

It is an offence to make any recordings or take photographs within the Court Room or the Court building

Wednesday 2 October 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
JOYCE ELLEN JONES 73 WREXHAM MAELOR 27.12.17 10am
Tuesday 8 October 2019

Coroner's Court, The Town Hall, Lloyd Street, Llandudno, LL30 2UP


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
FRANK ISLINGWORTH 86 GLAN CLWYD 29.4.19 10am
JOAN MARY WEBB 76 LLANFAIRFECHAN 29.11.18 10.30am
GRAHAM LESLIE ANDREW RODD 91 LLANDUDNO JUNCTION 7.5.19 11.15am
ROBERT FRANK WHITING 86 GLAN CLWYD 14.5.19 12 noon
GLENYS ELIZABETH
WILLIAMS
79 GLAN CLWYD 10.5.19 2pm
STEVEN LEE ANCILL 46 LIVERPOOL DOCK 03.5.19 2.30pm
LINDA LOUISE BROWN 67 BODELWYDDAN 21.11.18 3.15pm
Thursday 10 October 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
CHERYL MACLAREN 43 WREXHAM MAELOR 1.5.19 10am
JOHN MAYZE 39 HOLYWELL 7.5.19 10.30am
OLIVE SWEETMAN 90 WREXHAM MALEOR 9.5.19 11.15am
PATRICIA JEAN ROGERS 82 RUTHIN 14.5.19 12.30pm
LESLEY SHARRON MCGUFFIN 59 TREUDDYN 13.5.19 2pm
PATRICIA ANNE DOD 65 ROYAL LIVERPOOL 10.1.19 2.45pm
Wednesday 23 October 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
PAMELA JOYCE JOHNSON 87 ROYAL STOKE 1.11.18 10am
PAUL PURNELL ROBERTS 54 MOSTYN 14.9.18 2pm
Thursday 24 October 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
MICHAEL SHANE BOYLAN
(PRE-INQUEST HEARING)
62 NIGHTINGALE HOUSE 15.5.18 2pm
Friday 25 October 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
SARAH JANE FARMER 97 WREXHAM MAELOR 14.3.19 10am
JAMES PAUL BAKER 20 HOLYWELL 24.2.19 11.15am
MAIR ELUNED CURRIE 90 WREXHAM MAELOR 8.4.19 12 noon
SHANE LEWIS 41 RUTHIN 14.10.18 2pm
Tuesday 29 October 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
LISA MARIE SPRIGGS 45 COUNTESS OF CHESTER 25.11.17 10am
Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 October 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
PETER ANDREW CONNELLY 70 WREXHAM MAELOR 20.2.19 10am

 

Registration of Deaths

If the coroner decides that it is necessary for an inquest to be held, then the death will not be registered until the inquest has been completed, however an Interim Death Certificate will be issued by the coroner pending full registration.

At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner will register the death with the registrar for the area where the death occurred. The register offices for North Wales (East and Central) are:

The Coroner's Office

You can contact the Coroner's Office using the details below:

Address:
HM Coroner’s Office
County Hall
Wynnstay Road
Ruthin
LL15 1YN

Email: coroner@denbighshire.gov.uk  

Telephone number: 01824 708 047